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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Whole-Hearted Thank You


Just Received: SLI Board of Trustees will Meet at Epworth Saturday;
'Dump' Closed this Weekend

"The Board Meeting is at Epworth. . . . The dump will be closed this weekend from 8/31 at the close of business until 9/5 in the am. We have had a number of non residents trying to take advantage."
[official]

2 down; 3 More Days to Go

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Last Dessert on the Dock
for 2017; Very Upbeat Group

No particular mention was made to remind us of this being our last Dessert on the Dock for the Season, so maybe that played into the good time everyone seemed to be having. Upon his arrival, we sang Happy Birthday to Fred Nobbs on or about his 80th birthday. He managed to blow out the one candle that was lit for him. Two homemade apple pies, two different types of ice cream, a homemade fruit-topped dip with homemade semi-hard waffle wafers for dipping, donut holes and full donuts, brownies, tarts, and one or two items I'm just not recalling at this point, plus hot coffee for a mildly cool evening, all graced the serving table.

Some of whom were present are shown below, but others were present, like Dorothy and Clarence Clark, two rental guests from the Adams' #52 cottage, a family of 4 which included 2 young girls, each of whom escaped the lens of the camera.


Epworth Hall Historical Marker Finds its Home Wednesday with Help
from Sign Language

 Marker Traces a Very Brief History



Historical Markers Finally Installed in the Park: Bishop Burt, Camp Wesley, Auditorium/Amphitheater

Bishop Burt
Early Wednesday morning, Sign Language made its way onto the Silver Lake Institute grounds and brought with them the historical markers which have been in progress for over two years, mostly awaiting the donor funds to complete the order and the installation which have now been completed. Chronologically, the first historical marker is in the center and describes the 1872 beginnings of what was then named "Camp Wesley." The first structure at the brand new camp was the Pavilion which was a speakers' platform with a raised floor and protective covering over it, done in the appropriate gingerbread trim of the day (weatherproof photo included). The second historical marker is at the right and also contains both a weatherproof photo and description of the 2,500-seat open-air Amphitheater which was completed in time for the 1888 Season of what was then referred to as the Silver Lake Chautauqua Assembly (officially just Silver Lake Assembly because of our official relationship with the Genesee/WNY Annual Conference of the then-Methodist-Episcopal Church). The third historical marker is at the left, without a photo, and seeks to recognize and honor Bishop William Burt, a very generous man who supported the Institute from its earliest days right through the turn of the century. Auditorium Park was renamed Bishop Burt Park in his honor after the 1918 fire that destroyed the Amphitheater. A very large photo of Bishop Burt hangs in the second floor museum of the Hoag Memorial Hall & Art Gallery.

Detectives Comb Genesee-Ames
Area, Seeking Person of Interest

Early Wednesday afternoon, two detectives in two separate unmarked cars pulled up along Genesee Ave. near Ames Ave. looking for David Spinks of 3911 (2) Ames Ave. The detectives said they were seeking him for information regarding a current investigation they were covering. They noted that his black Dodge Charger was not parked at or around his home and that there was no response at the home when knocking at the doors. The detectives were not able to discuss any further information with regards to the ongoing investigation. Mr. Spinks is an employee of Daryl's Pizzeria and is also an active member of the Perry Fire Department.

The Five Remaining Days of the 2017 Season Set to Begin Tonight, with Dessert on the Dock; Ends Sunday

Wednesday - Last Dessert on the Dock - 7:30 pm
Thursday - Mojo Chunk and Super Moon - 7:30 at Epworth 
Friday - OLD HIPPIES - Closing Concert to Benefit Epworth ROOF - 7:30 pm
Saturday - Last Breakfast Cafe for SLI Members - 8 to 10 am - Stoody Hall
Saturday - Board Meeting - 10 am - Hoag Memorial first floor
Sunday - Season Closing Service at the Dock - 10:30 am  
...........(Family Friendly with "Kid's Korner")
...........No Sermon; Season's Reflections by: 
...........Kathy Schaefer, Fred Nobbs, and Jim Morey; 
...........Leading the Bargers' Prayer: Lisa Schiske                     
...........Hot Dog Fellowship Follows

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Idea from Joan Maddison

Asking SLI Budget to Pick Up
$250/yr. for SLI HD Lake Cams,
is Less Expensive than Alternatives

2:50 pm Tuesday
The SLI lake cameras (cams) were originally donated by a few very generous but not wealthy people. The red, long sleeve t-shirts became one of the sources of income to support its monthly fees and maintenance costs. Finally the Trustees recognized the value of the cams and picked up half of the monthly fees at a cost of $250 per year. As the equipment ages and its maintenance costs increase, the generous people have continued to provide funds. 

The question coming before the Trustees this month is whether or not this is the time for the Institute budget to pick up the balance of the monthly fees ($250 per year) for a grand total of $500 per year. The amount will still make it necessary for fund raising and continued generous donations to keep the increasing maintenance costs and potential replacement parts covered. The annual cost of the monthly fees ($500) is still a bargain when compared to other utilities including the office phone and internet. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Trustee Board to be Asked to Approve New Plans from 3 of its Standing Committees this Saturday

The Program Committee met immediately after the Breakfast Cafe to agree that it was time for a change--and probably more than one. So they went about setting up a basic framework for the change along with a basic plan for next season's programs. It's tempting to give you more details but the Board President prefers that the Board hear some of the many new ideas at their meeting this Saturday, as opposed to learning about things "through the press." For those unable to attend the Board meeting, this News.Blog will carry the details Saturday afternoon as they are perfected for the 2018 program year.

The Worship Committee met briefly Sunday to hear the Chaplain talk about some of the conversations that a few of our year-round residents have been talking about. It seems that at least some would like to see SLI low-key activities expanded into the "Off Season" or winter months. Those ideas along with another "trial balloon" idea for next June will also be shared at the 10 am meeting of the Board this Saturday. Once again, many more of the details will be available by Saturday afternoon right here in these electronic pages.

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) will be reporting that the installation of the historical markers is imminent, just no concrete commitment of specific day by Sign Language. The big new idea is not brand new, yet remains overall new. The LRPC has decided to adopt or endorse a general plan for prospective members (property purchasers) which was put informally and unofficially in place within the Blog by the News.Blog as a guide for persons perusing the Classified Ads Section and specifically the Real Estate page. The statements and content found in the Blog is a compilation of ideas heard and discussed throughout the Institute and put into an unofficial format to be helpful both to those reading about available properties and helpful to SLI by having prospective buyers informed.

The Blog's material is presented mostly as voluntary including what it refers to as the "opportunity to request an 'Orientation/Welcome Meeting' so as to meet SLI folks and hear what SLI is about directly from them." At least one vocal LRPC member announced Sunday morning that he was in favor of the "Orientation/Welcome Meeting" being mandatory as opposed to voluntary for the sake of the future of the SLI. He also said he thought that all residents ought to be "in sympathy" with the SLI purposes as a minimum. The Blog's material has this applying also to those who inherit property if they have not been involved up to the point of name transfer. The News.Blog has no objections to having the LRPC propose its material be modified or amended and even eventually adopted as "official" if that's the direction the Board desires to go.

Without Walkway Markings of Some Sort, Residents Know Only How to
Park in the Center of Walkway

Within 36 hours of the removal of walkway signs and colorful flags, three residents had parked their vehicle in the center of the walkway as opposed to the left or right of center. In other words, even though residents may agree in principle to a "road sharing" plan, they don't seem able or willing to judge how to leave ample space for the walkway. Back when the then-107-year-old rule of no wheeled vehicles on Ames Ave. at any time was first amended to allow for automobile parking, it did so with the caveat that parking would be allowed as long as the free flow of pedestrian traffic would not be blocked or otherwise impeded (caused to bottle neck). 

Unfortunately, there were never any signs posted indicating the new ruling, so people heard only what they wanted to hear--"you can park now"--but whoever heard of parking in the middle of a street and getting away with it? While that is true, whoever heard of an unpaved, unmarked, un-curbed, un-bordered road left to the whims of the local residents? In order to begin the process of correcting a poor situation, one or more members of the LRPC will travel to the Wyoming County Records Division and obtain copies of maps and surveys which show exactly where Ames is located. In the meantime, local residents of Ames are welcome to have their own surveys copied or scanned if they believe that doing so will be to their advantage.

Every effort is being made to make the "road sharing" plan work in spite of the growing number of persons calling for the return to a complete ban of wheeled vehicles on Ames. The illegal encroachments of private owners into the right-of-way of Ames jeopardizes the ability to maintain adequate widths for a workable "road sharing" plan. And as long as residents continue to demonstrate their inability or unwillingness to share road space adequately, it becomes an issue of double jeopardy. Once we have the actual available widths available to us, we will soon be able to determine if there is ample widths for "road sharing."

Outside the category of parking, the LRPC believes the pedestrian pathway should be free from all moving, motorized-wheeled vehicles which could hurt or injure people; this would include golf carts, motor bikes, motorcycles, powered skateboards but would not jeopardize the use of single-person assistance vehicles for those whose mobility is impaired. LRPC recommends golf carts use Janes Ave. which has easy access to Epworth Hall and Asbury Camp & Retreat Center. LRPC does not recommend using unlicensed and uninsured vehicles on municipal roads such as Route 39, Perry Ave., Chapman Ave., Camp Road, Lakeside Ave., Walker Road, and Euclid Ave.

Tomorrow Night, Tuesday, 7 pm

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Heritage Walkway Bricks Intended to be Installed Next Spring Need to be Ordered within the Next 4 Weeks

For anyone planning to have a brick or two in a friend or loved one's name on the Heritage Walkway that surrounds the flag pole garden on its way to the Blue Dock, please be aware that the next time of installation will be Spring which is after the cold extremes and absence of snow. In order to have all the details complete and submitted in time for the Spring installation, the Heritage Walkway subcommittee of the Long Range Planning Committee needs your order within the next four (4) weeks. Bricks are $75 for the first brick and $50 for each subsequent brick. Contact Suzanne Bristow at weefellinn@aol.com.

Going Out with a Bang!
The Week in a Nutshell:

Wednesday - Last Dessert on the Dock - 7:30 pm
Thursday - Mojo Chunk and Super Moon - 7:30 at Epworth 
Friday - OLD HIPPIES - Closing Concert to Benefit Epworth ROOF - 7:30 pm
Saturday - Last Breakfast Cafe for SLI Members - 8 to 10 am - Stoody Hall
Saturday - Board Meeting - 10 am - Hoag Memorial first floor
Sunday - Season Closing Service at the Dock - 10:30 am  
...........(Family Friendly with "Kid's Korner")
...........Hot Dog Fellowship Follows

3 of 5 Pianos being Removed
From Epworth on Wednesday;
Unneeded, Too Costly to Repair

There is no ongoing record of pianos and organs donated to Epworth Hall. Those in our possession appear to be "gifts" just dropped off by persons or churches no longer in need of them. After many years of taking up space and never being used, it was decided to check with a number of professionals to see what the need for used pianos are in today's marketplace. Apparently there is a glut of old pianos and they are unable to even be given away.

Even our "upright grand" which internally is in great shape and sound, simply has no market for it, so we will keep it because it will be our only "large room" piano, along with the beautiful, "home model" spinet recently donated. The organ which gave up its function years ago, is also slated to be removed. That leaves us well stocked with one console keyboard, one portable keyboard (for principle use at the Dock), one upright grand, and one spinet.

Finding a solution to the piano problem was a combined effort of the Epworth Hall Committee and the Worship Committee who are being assisted by volunteers and also by Asbury to whom we express our appreciation.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

'Residents Should be in Sympathy with our Purposes' said Dr. Weaver in a Sermon on 'Accepting A Vision'

Muriel Small worked hard at getting a choir put together for this last Sunday in August and she was successful! In addition to herself, Muriel garnered 11 additional folks and the four-part harmony was beautiful. The faces of Fred Nobbs and JoAnn Brocklehurst are in the back row and partially blocked, as is Barb Weaver's in the front row. They sounded wonderful and we are grateful to Kenmore UMC for sending us some of their best!

Don Weaver, Speaking at Epworth Hall Sunday, Aug. 27th, Calls on all SLI members To Accept the New Challenges of a new SLI

With a history as long as our Silver Lake Institute, it is sometimes very difficult to fully realize that we became an entirely new organization on February 2, 2016, at the State Supreme Court Building in the Warsaw government complex. Before that date, our accountability or lack of it was under the jurisdiction and the responsibility of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This is no longer true--we are fully responsible now ourselves and must report annually to NYS that we are indeed fulfilling the requirements of our charter and of our 501-C3 federal tax exemption.

Dr. Weaver referred to the Silver Lake Institute as both a "new institution" and as "a faith community" which is also how the federal tax exemption views it also. As such, we need members "who are in sympathy with our purposes" even if they choose not to fully participate. He said of the current conversations about having the right or opportunity for potential new residents to request a meeting to learn about our community, that he would "take it a step further and say that it should be a requirement" of those proposing to become members of the Silver Lake Institute (through the purchasing or inheriting of property).

Equally important, we are responsible for our community and the people around it. Along with compassion and helpfulness toward our neighbors who may be in need of help or assistance, we need a more effective system when it comes to abiding by our rules and regulations. We live too closely together to be doing our own things without regard to others or to the health and safety of people within our borders. Dr. Weaver recommended that we hire a management company to handle all violations of rules and keep our Board and our neighbors free of this law and order function.

Editor's Note -- We invite Dr. Weaver to submit either a manuscript of his sermon for publication or a summary of it in his own words.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

40 Tonight at Stoody Hall for
The Last Saturday Night Coffee House for 2017 Season

2nd to Last Breakfast of Season
Hosted by the Schultz Family

SATURDAY MORNING HAD DELICIOUS VARIETY AND
PLENTY OF FOOD WITH AN EXCELLENT TURN OUT



NEXT SATURDAY
IS OUR LAST BREAKFAST OF THE SEASON
HOSTED BY ASBURY CAMP & RETREAT CENTER





The Reverend Dr. Don Weaver to Deliver Prophetic Message: Vision for SLI Future
Tomorrow, Aug. 27, 10:30 am at Epworth

Don Weaver and his wife, Barbara, are no strangers to the SLI community. They have lived on Harris Ave. for many years. Just recently, Barb and Don sent this News.Blog a Thank You to be published for all to see and appreciate:
To our dear Silver Lake Family
Mere words cannot express how much we have appreciated your many acts of kindness and love during these past weeks of our daughter Sue’s hospitalization and then her passing. She loved Silver Lake so much. As a youth, she was a camper at Asbury, then became the camp nurse and then, with her family became summer lake lovers here on Harris Avenue. We feel sad but also feel blest that we have had this time and this place to share our lives and our love with her and with all of you. Thank you so much for your cards, your visits, your phone calls, your notes…the list just goes on. 
We are blest to have you in our lives.
Loving Don and Barb Weaver\\
Don Weaver
Don will be speaking on a topic near and dear to his heart this Sunday--the Institute and his Vision of it. Muriel Small is hoping to draw out musical talent for a Sunday Morning Choir for the Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Some may gather as early on Sunday as 9 or 9;30 to rehearse. Please feel free to join us as we sing to the glory of God.

The Rev. Dr. Donald L. Weaver graduated from Buffalo State College, Buffalo, N.Y. with his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts Education. He received his MDiv from Alfred School of Theology, Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. and received his DMin in the field of Pastoral Care from Drew University, Madison, N.J., and became Ordained Clergy in the United Methodist Church.

Friday, August 25, 2017

LRPC Met Friday at 8 am: Lets Chair Decide on Placement of Historical Markers to be Installed Next Week

Three similar historical markers are about to be installed near the Perry Ave. side of Burt Park between the back stop and the gazebo (often better known as the old sand box). The sign company rep arrived to mark the locations of all three specialized markers. A resurgence of talk about placing them in the three (3) separate areas of the planter behind the back stop was scuttled in favor of the "already-decided ground location." 

Bishop Burt
Most of the committee present then traveled up to Epworth Hall to show the company rep where to mark for the 4th and final sign. There was total agreement on the location of this sign right from the beginning with everyone agreeing that it was simply ideal--especially since the new outdoor stairway was placed in such a good location. Signs have a length of four (4) feet in height and final installation should have three (3) of those four (4) feet above the surface of the ground with the rest set in concrete as a foundation. While the goal was to have them in place by Labor Day, it is not yet certain whether that will be possible.

Epworth Hall Roof Raiser
Next Friday, September 1, 2017
Donation at the Door, No Ticket Sales


Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Band Anastazja, Americana
Entertains at Full Steam Thursday


Updated: 10:30 p.m. Thursday
              
To our dear Silver Lake Family
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Mere words cannot express how much we have appreciated your many acts of kindness and love during these past weeks of our daughter Sue’s hospitalization and then her passing. She loved Silver Lake so much. As a youth, she was a camper at Asbury, then became the camp nurse and then, with her family became summer lake lovers here on Harris Avenue. We feel sad but also feel blest that we have had this time and this place to share our lives and our love with her and with all of you. Thank you so much for your cards, your visits, your phone calls, your notes…the list just goes on. 
.
We are blest to have you in our lives.    Loving Don and Barb Weaver  
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Full Text of the Awards Ceremony, given at 2017 Appreciation Dinner,
as Delivered by Host Bill Schaefer

This is the complete text, unedited, of the 2017 Awards Ceremony for the Silent Heroes Awards:

WELCOME EVERYONE and thank you for coming to the third annual Silver Lake Institute Appreciation Dinner. On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to recognize each and every one of you and also those who couldn’t make it for your volunteer efforts in contributing to our community. This dinner is just a small way to say thank you for all you do in making SLI a special place.  Kathy and I continue to feel blessed to have a second home here and feel a part of this unique place.

At this time, I would like to ask the members of the Board of Trustees who are present to please stand and be recognized. Absent is Kevin Colburn, Bob Cook, Julie Hoffner and Sharon Pratt. These board members are volunteers who donate their time in helping to manage all aspects of the Institute and I would like to take a moment to thank them.

I would like to recognize Sue Russell, Director of the Asbury Retreat Center and her staff for hosting this dinner and for their continued friendship with SLI. It is an absolute pleasure working with you on projects such as SLE.

We will have a short program at the end of dinner, but for now we would like you to enjoy yourselves and we will start dinner with a prayer from our chaplain, Rev Greg Franklin.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bill Schaefer Manages to Surprise Julie Hoffner with the Silent Hero Award at 'Desert on the Dock' Gathering at Hoag

Bill read the award before presenting it to Julie, announcing that she had been a Laker for 60 years and an accompanist at Worship for 40. She also serves at chairing the Program Committee and writes the grants for Arts funds to help bring the programs to us. She opens up and closes down big Epworth Hall for almost every SLI event. The full text of all four Silent Hero awards will be published as soon as received.
A very special effort on the Schaefers' part to ensure this award would remain a surprise for Julie was made at the Awards Dinner and humorously repeated several times not only ensuring that the News.Blog got the message, but that everyone else was sure to hear it and . . . it worked! Julie was caught by surprise to the delight of all 46 present at what became a sit down dessert special, held in Hoag Hall because of the off and on sprinkles and chilly breezes outside where it would regularly be held on the Dock. (Julie arrived at her cottage today, a little before 5 pm, back from a week's vacation out of state that included eclipse viewing at her daughter Heidi's home.) 
On this special occasion, it is only appropriate to include a shot of the sunset since that is Julie's tradition to come down to the Dock to observe and to photograph it.

Annual Appreciation Dinner Recognizes Four SLI Silent Heroes Tuesday Night at Asbury's Koinonia Inn on Lakeside Ave.


With less than two weeks left on the 2017 Season, the Silver Lake Institute held its Annual Appreciation Dinner Tuesday evening at Asbury's Koinonia Dining Room on Lakeside Ave. with Board of Trustees' President, Bill Schaefer first reading and then presenting awards to Rev. Rodney Jones for his extensive historical work on the names of streets on Institute grounds; Joan Maddison for her faithful work both in the Worship Committee and on-site for Worship serving in a multitude of capacities; Julie Hoffner who was still on vacation at the time of the Dinner, was recognized as being a Laker for 60 years and the accompanist in worship for 40, and also for having served the last ten years as Program Committee Chair and grant writer; and Pete Mairs for long hours for nearly four years shepherding SLI through its legal separation from the Upper NY Annual Conference February 2, 2017, followed by the 501-3C federal tax exempt application process which concluded in June (2017) with SLI being awarded the exemption.

Don't Forget . . . 2nd to the Last
Dessert on the Dock

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. until Sunset
Big Blue Dock, Lakeside at Wesley

Julie Hoffner Just Arrived Back from Her
Week's Vacation a Little Before 5 p.m.

Mother Nature continues to Lower the Colored Flags on Ames Walkway Through Wind and Rain

The colored, triangular flags which had been installed along the Ames Walkway for the purpose of guiding guests and registrants along the allowable path, held fairly well for the first 15 days of their installation but at least two lengths are laying on the ground and a third is hanging low. Although the LRPC authorized them to remain up through the close of the season on Labor Day, those flags which are already down will simply be removed. Those still standing tall will be left up. Several property owner has given their OK for the flags that run parallel to their property to remain up indefinitely so long as they remain in good shape. So this year, the white snows of winter may have a little additional color to them.

Before any permanent walkway poles for signs, flags, or gardens can be installed, the LRPC is now looking into obtaining already performed property surveys being held at the County Records Department in order to develop a survey of Ames Walkway so it will be known where the road rights-of-way are and such poles will then be able to be placed. The idea of semi-portable sign bases concreted into movable cement blocks is still in play at this time. The Board might be asked to approve a 15-minute Parking Limit on Ames Walkway--considered to be just long enough for pick ups and deliveries to be made, with the caveat that no vehicle ever completely blocks pedestrians' access to the walkway (an old rule from the 1980s).

SLE Member: 'We Need Some Young Blood in Here'; Asbury has it right:
Hire Young Blood for the Summer

Camp Director Sue Russell is pictured 
on the left as one of her "Young Bloods," 
Kyle Morley, eagerly awaits instructions 
for his next assignment/project.
Just watching the Asbury "Young Bloods" respond to the Silver Lake Experience's needs during the Mini-Chautauqua, 4-Day Event, this year, was positively awe-inspiring. I had pretty much forgotten what it was like to move that fast and get that much accomplished so quickly--all while not even breaking a sweat! Yes, I know, hiring creates budget concerns, but my guess is that there are probably some Young Bloods out there that were not as fortunate as to get 8-weeks of summer employment, so they just might be willing to settle for employment during the one or two weeks we need them the most--the week before and the week OF the SLE! Call it a social justice issue or call it helping a college kid get back to school in the fall. My guess is there just might be more money out there willing to help employ an older teen or younger 20's Young Blood if they knew it was helping a college student. I know that I'd make a tax-deductible contribution to help pay for some Summer Young Bloods on our side of Chapman! 

Editor's Note: The question of "young blood" first raised in the headline was directed at SLI to put more attention to attracting younger people to our community of SLI as residents and volunteers. The headline actually provides for two entirely different conversations.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Introducing Naomi, new Assistant Director of Asbury; Delightful Gal!

Pictured above is Naomi Hartnagel, New Assistant Director at Asbury, and soon to be 
filling the SLE committee position currently open for an Asbury representative.

In the Midst of One of
Several Downpours ...

3:39 p.m. Tuesday

 Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Weather Updated: Aug 22 12:34PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 12:34PM EDT TUE UNTIL 1:30PM EDTTUE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... NORTHERN WYOMING COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... NORTHERN LIVINGSTON COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... SOUTHEASTERN ORLEANS COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... MONROE COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... GENESEE COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK... * UNTIL 130 PM EDT. * AT 1234 PM EDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR BATAVIA TO NEAR VARYSBURG, MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH. HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED. IMPACT...EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TO TREES AND POWER LINES. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... ROCHESTER, GREECE, IRONDEQUOIT, CHILI, BATAVIA, BROCKPORT, GENESEO AND EAST ROCHESTER. THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING HIGHWAYS... INTERSTATE 390 BETWEEN EXITS 7 AND 12. INTERSTATE 90 BETWEEN EXITS 48 AND 44. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING. && A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM EDT FOR WESTERN NEW YORK. HAIL...<.75IN WIND...60MPH

 Tornado Watch
Weather Updated: Aug 22 12:20PM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Wyoming County, New York

TORNADO WATCH FROM 12:20PM EDT TUE UNTIL 9PM EDT TUE NY . NEW YORK COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ALLEGANY BROOME CATTARAUGUS CAYUGA CHAUTAUQUA CHEMUNG CHENANGO CLINTON CORTLAND ERIE ESSEX FRANKLIN FULTON GENESEE HAMILTON HERKIMER JEFFERSON LEWIS LIVINGSTON MADISON MONROE MONTGOMERY NIAGARA ONEIDA ONONDAGA ONTARIO ORLEANS OSWEGO OTSEGO SCHUYLER SENECA ST. LAWRENCE STEUBEN TIOGA TOMPKINS WARREN WAYNE WYOMING YATES

Blog Publisher Agrees to Submit 'Unofficial Info Sheet' to the Sept. 2
SLI Board to Try for 'Official' Status

The SilverLakeNYNews.Blog has been listening carefully to some of the comments being made by real estate brokers and real estate franchise companies, some comments of which have come through members of the LRPC who have spoken unofficially with a few of the representatives--particularly those who regularly post signs on the SLI Grounds. They seem to be telling us that they could use some help in talking about life on the Grounds of the Silver Lake Institute.

Although the News.Blog has been carrying real estate ads since at least last December, the Blog had not been advertising it or even doing a low-key message to the real estate companies. Just this Spring, it hit us here at the Blog that with all these properties being advertised in the Blog, wouldn't this be a great opportunity to provide information on the same page about the Silver Lake Institute--what it's about and what to think about when considering the purchase of a house or cottage on the Grounds. That's when the "Information" Statement was first published and honed over time.

Monday, August 21, 2017

LRPC Reps Talk to Real Estate Brokers who Admit Needing Help With Clients Interested in Purchasing SLI Properties

"Could you use help in talking to your
clients about SLI?" -- "Yes! I don't
actually know anything about it."
Just as we suspected--people arriving in the Institute with newly acquired SLI property knowing little or nothing about it. That's what we are getting verified from individual members of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) talking unofficially with individual brokers and franchised real estate companies. 

After SLI dumped the entire interview process with prospective buyers because the old interview was too intrusive, they put nothing in its place to educate or welcome prospective buyers or to educate their real estate agents who they assumed would be answering the questions. But just who did we think was going to take over this abandoned process? 

Some Real Estate companies like Re-Max did their best by passing outdated Handbooks out to prospective buyers who learned more about SLI being connected with Camp Meetings and the Methodist Church than they learned about the current realities of living out a vibrant and fulfilled lifestyle with the Institute.

A representative from one real estate company who asked not to be identified said he regularly turned down being given the outdated handbooks because he could count on them losing more clients than helping them answer their questions. He said no one wanted to read such a legal-form booklet talking about "do's" and "don't's" as opposed to talking to real people about real everyday concerns about purchasing in the Institute such as school bus routes, mail delivery, taxes or additional fees, closest stores (and/or closest quality stores) and municipal services.

One company boldly listed Castile as being the nearest municipal entity and place to shop and didn't mention the proximity of Perry as compared to Castile except for SLI children going to the Perry School system. Did you know that the beautiful new addition to the back of the Castile Library and invisible from the front, did not include any online research capability as the Perry Library does?

At times, answering "a zillion questions" in pamphlets can be almost as labor-intensive as the Handbook itself (which talks of no everyday factors at all), which is the reason for inviting prospective buyers to visit the people and activities of the Institute. That way you get fast answers to your questions without having to look them up or go researching the SLI "Welcome" pamphlets (none of which currently exist on an official level).

The SilverLakeNYNews.Blog has decided to pick up some of these loose ends that so profoundly effect the welfare and future of the SLI. The News.Blog already publishes an article designed for persons in the market for a home or cottage within the SLI. It can be accessed in the main menu (site map) under Institute----->> and then click on the "Real Estate" tab. That's part one of the Blog's short range plan. Part two is to be sure that real estate companies are aware of this advertising and community service plan, and also to offer it in email attachment that can be printed out at any real estate company for use with their clients. That is happening this week at the Blog. Part three of our short range plan is to add a section called Q&A for persons wanting quick to-the-point answers to their basic questions (as mentioned above) and also make this available in email attachment form and/or the ability to print it out. This is now available at the Q & A tab, but is also being worked on this week to convert it to a simpler, bullet format.

The Blog's long range plan is to organize a volunteer system for prospective buyers who actually do request an "Orientation/Welcome Meeting." This plan is more needed for during our winter months than in our summer months since there are so many more persons present and willing during the summer to talk to folks to get them informed and welcomed. We of course will make adjustments to our plans as any of the SLI official groups are willing or able to pick any parts of these vital parts of perpetuating a community interested in the performing arts and other cultural, educational, and spiritual opportunities.

Purchase Most of Your Postage Needs Here before Returning to Your Winter Homes; Keep Our Post Office Thriving

"The Big October Post Office Hearing about the Silver Lake Post Office" held at Koinonia Dining & Meeting Rooms a few years back. Pete Mairs is pictured above (second from the left) as the then-president of the SLI Board of Trustees.
Our Silver Lake, NY 14549 Post Office was reduced to a part time operation the following Spring after the October Postal Hearing. Although the vast reduction in hours was sad and in many cases inconvenient, it was the only way our PO was going to remain open. The decision, however, came with a caveat which was that the part time operation was dependent on our post office's ability to generate enough income to make its continued operation feasible. That means that its sales of products--press-on postage, package sending, packaging materials, stamped envelopes, etc.--must exceed its expenses.  (continued)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Flowering Bushes of Summer

Harris at Lakeview South Corner
Harris at Lakeview North Corner

More Progress at 9 Haven ...



2017's Last 2 Thursday Concerts;
3rd, Final Concert on Friday Night

THIS WEEK THURSDAY, AUG. 26 -- 7:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
THE BAND ANASTAZJA AMERICANA
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A WEEK FROM THIS THURSDAY, AUG. 31 -- 7:30 PM TO 8:30 PM
SUPER COFFEE HOUSE, FAN FAVORITES
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A WEEK FROM THIS FRIDAY, SEP. 01 -- 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
THE OLD HIPPIES
6TH ANNUAL END OF THE SEASON CONCERT
FUND RAISER FOR EPWORTH ROOF

'Folk of the Road' Provided Music for Informal Worship at Epworth; Dr. Brocklehurst Gives Powerful Message

JoAnn Brocklehurst, Sue Henglesberg, and Mary Ann Reisdorf
Folk of the Road is a group of three to eight people affiliated with the Warsaw Bi-Centennial Singers. They perform in various venues around Wesern New York. Sue Henglesberg has played the Hammered Dulcimer with Striking Strings of Rochester and a number of other groups. Mary Ann Reisdorf is a singer/actor who has performed in films, plays, and musicals around Western New York. Rev. Dr. JoAnn Brocklehurst is a retired UM pastor and pastoral counselor whose first career was as a church organist and vocal music educator in public schools of the Buffalo area. Rev. Dr. Brocklehurst delivered a thought-provoking and powerful message based on three passages of Scripture, one of which was Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus. Our thanks to JoAnn for her weeks of preparation and we express our grateful appreciation.

This Morning (Sunday) . . .

SUNDAY AT EPWORTH AT 10:30 AM
NON-DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE OF WORSHIP
with JoAnn Brocklehurst on the Guitar
and Bringing the Message of the Morning
with Sue Henglesberg and MaryAnn Reisdorf
on the Hammered Dulcimers (no piano or organ today!)
All are Welcome--Especially Children
followed by Fellowship with
Tasty Treats by Joan

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Square Dance and Book Signing
Both Draw New Faces

Mayor Hauser
Friday night's Square Dance at Epworth Hall with the Kelly's Old Timers playing and calling it, got one or two who hadn't been on their feet that much lately to be dosey doeing and promenading in ever demanding circles. Forty-six people came out to enjoy the dance and there was much dancing taking place. Even Perry Mayor Rick Hauser and his wife joined in the fun.  

Saturday morning had another set of new hosts doing a great job at the Breakfast Cafe at Stoody Hall and I'm told they are in catering. It showed. They are the Dabek Family. Bill and the Dabeks live on Fowler in the Institute.


Author Laurinda Wallace
Immediately following the Breakfast Cafe, it was time for our familiar Author Laurinda Wallace to take the Stoody Stage and talk about her latest book and answering questions about anything in her string of dramatic creations but primarily interested in promoting her latest book, Too Close to Home which she co-wrote with Stephen C. Tarbell who was also present for the event. Ms. Wallace, who managed to pretty well fill Stoody, has written such works as Family Matters (A Gracie Andersen Mystery Book 1) Apr 9, 2013; By the Book (A Gracie Andersen Mystery 2) Feb 24, 2014; Washed Up (A Gracie Andersen Mystery Book 4) Feb 23, 2016; Fly by Night (A Gracie Andersen Mystery Book 3) Nov 8, 2014; Pins & Needles (A Gracie Andersen Mystery Book 5) Sep 21, 2016; The Time Under Heaven May 30, 2012; The Murder of Alfred Silverheels Mar 30, 2017; Gardens of the Heart Jun 22, 2013.


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Worship Committee Appoints Joan Maddison
as t
heir 'Rep' to Welcome New Residents

At the Friday afternoon meeting of the Worship Committee, it was proposed that the committee create a volunteer position for a generous offer made by a committee member. In a nutshell, Joan Maddison will visit new members of the Institute to welcome them and let them know what is available to them, giving them a loaf of bread as a welcoming gift. Other materials about the Institute will be prepared that Joan may also deliver them to the new residents to provide helpful information.


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LRPC Chair Calls for 'No Parking' on Ames for Next Year; Neighbor 'Rep' Says Survey Details Needed First

Portions Rewritten with additional information 10:23 pm
Discussion on the Ames "Ave." Walkway was a positive one for the most part. The recent opening and upgrading of the Walkway for the Silver Lake Experience 2017 proved to be successful and even extending the opening through to the Labor Day End-of-the-SLI-Season, has not provided any resistance to date. Self-Described "Neighbor Representative" Greg Franklin talked about some things learned in the neighborhood canvas which he conducted on Sunday, August 6, 2017. He said, 

"The approach I used in explaining how we all needed to go out of our way to welcome those who were traveling the Walkway because they could just become one of our neighbors (which happened last SLE 2015) was a good starter and very effective. Further, I explained, the very programs that these Walkway travelers were enrolled in are the very requirements of our charter and of our 501-C3 federal tax exemption, and soon to be our NY State tax exemption.

"Therefore, these Walkway travelers are actually helping us by keeping our expensive near-the-lake properties much lower in tax rates and tax assessments. Many people in other areas don't have this unique opportunity to do as we are able to do here at the Institute because we are willing to go the extra mile of doing programming for the benefit of others," Mr. Franklin explained of his travels via walker and his discussions with neighbors.
Another Call for No Parking? Click on "Read More>>"

LRPC Seeks to Have Handbook Draft Ready for Board in April; Enforcement Recommendation to Follow Soon After

One of the features of the new SLI Handbook planning to be recommended this next April, is a revamped Committee proposal where committees with common purposes would be united as sub-committees under one committee with a Board Member as its Chair. For example, The Historical Buildings Committee, chaired by a Board Member, could be recommended to have three sub-committees: Epworth, Stoody, and Hoag.

An alternative to that, along the same line, The Grounds Committee, chaired by a Board Member, might have sub-committees consisting of: Grounds, Waterfront, Epworth, Stoody, and Hoag. All of this brought about by the reduction of Board members from 18 to 12 when the separation from the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church took place in February 2016. Discussion continues on sub-committees for the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) consisting of: Projects & Fund Raising, History & Handbook, Long Range Analysis & Suggestions.

Rules Enforcement: click on: "Read More>>"

A Day Filled with Choices followed by Day of Rest and Spiritual Refreshment

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THIS MORNING -- SATURDAY -- AUG. 19:

SLI Residential BREAKFAST CAFE Aug. 19, 8 am to 10 am

AUTHOR LAURINDA WALLACE at 
Stoody Hall Aug. 19 at 10:15 am.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING COM. at
Cook Cottage on the Porch at 10:30 am.

THIS AFTERNOON -- SATURDAY -- AUG. 19:

PHOTOGRAPHY - Bob & Kathy Baldwin
Aug. 19 at Hoag Art Gallery - 2 to 5 pm.

SATURDAY NIGHT COFFEE HOUSE
with MOJO CHUNK Aug. 19 at
Stoody Hall - 7:30 pm
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SUNDAY AT EPWORTH AT 10:30 AM
with JoAnn Brocklehurst on the Guitar
and Bringing the Message of the Morning
with Sue Henglesberg and MaryAnn Reisdorf
on the Hammered Dulcimers (no piano or organ today!)
All are Welcome--Especially Children
followed by Fellowship with
Tasty Treats by Joan